How to Reset a Locked Android Phone

Charlotte Daniels

Android, Tutorials

Are you having trouble accessing your locked Android phone? Don’t worry, in this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of resetting a locked Android phone. Whether you have forgotten your password or pattern lock, or if your phone is simply not responding, these steps will help you regain access to your device.


Before we begin, please ensure that your Android phone has sufficient battery life. It’s also important to note that resetting your device will erase all data including contacts, photos, and apps. So, make sure to backup any important information beforehand.

Method 1: Using Google Account

If you have forgotten your password or pattern lock, you can use your Google account to reset your Android phone. Here’s how:

  1. Enter the wrong password or pattern
  2. If you have set a pattern lock or PIN code, try entering the wrong password several times until you see an option for alternative login methods.

  3. Select ‘Forgot Pattern’ or ‘Forgot Password’
  4. Tap on the ‘Forgot Pattern’ or ‘Forgot Password’ option depending on what is displayed on your screen.

  5. Sign in with your Google Account
  6. Enter the email address and password associated with your Google account. This should be the same account used on your locked Android device.

  7. Create a new lock screen pattern/password
  8. Once signed in successfully, follow the prompts to create a new lock screen pattern or password for your device.

Method 2: Factory Reset

If method 1 doesn’t work or you don’t have access to the internet on your device, you can perform a factory reset. Here’s how:

  1. Power off your Android device
  2. Make sure your phone is turned off completely.

  3. Boot into Recovery Mode
  4. To enter Recovery Mode, press and hold the volume up button and the power button simultaneously until the logo appears. Release the buttons once you see the logo.

  5. Navigate to ‘Factory Reset’ or ‘Wipe Data’
  6. Use the volume down button to navigate through the options and select ‘Factory Reset’ or ‘Wipe Data’ using the power button.

  7. Confirm Factory Reset
  8. Select ‘Yes – delete all user data’ to confirm the factory reset process.

  9. Reboot your Android device
  10. Once the factory reset is complete, select ‘Reboot system now’. Your Android phone will restart with its default settings.


The steps mentioned in this tutorial may vary slightly depending on your Android phone model and version of Android OS installed. However, these methods should work for most devices.

In conclusion,

If you find yourself locked out of your Android phone, don’t panic. By following these methods, you can reset your locked Android phone easily.

Remember to always keep a backup of important data to avoid any loss. We hope this guide has helped you regain access to your device!

You can now confidently reset a locked Android phone using either your Google account or by performing a factory reset. Remember to exercise caution and always back up your data regularly to prevent any unexpected loss.

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